Fans attending Wembley Stadium are being warned to avoid purchasing tickets from unknown sellers online.
The venue has noticed an increase in the number of online sellers, websites and social media posts purporting to sell tickets to some of its most in-demand events.
In some cases, the sellers advertise hospitality packages or, premium seat tickets at vastly increased prices. These tickets are often fake or being sold illegally.
Alternatively, sellers offer screen shots of real tickets, that will not work on entry.
Wembley Stadium has taken numerous steps in recent years to prevent tickets getting into the hands of people looking to exploit genuine fans. This includes locking out seats which are known to have been sold illegally and reporting unauthorised sites and social media sellers to authorities such as Action Fraud (the UKs national reporting centre for fraud).
The stadium has the following advice to all guests purchasing tickets to events this year.
Purchase tickets from authorised sources only:
Check the event's official website or venue to find out the authorised ticket sellers. For hospitality packages buy directly from Club Wembley and authorised sellers only. This will eliminate the risk of falling prey to fraudulent sellers.
Be wary of third-party sellers:
Exercise caution if you explore alternative options, such as secondary marketplaces or resellers. Verify the seller's authenticity by checking their reviews, ratings, and credibility. Look for resellers who offer buyer protection and ensure secure transactions.
Check the validity of the ticket:
Genuine tickets often have specific security features, such as holograms, watermarks, or unique barcodes.
Do not accept screenshots of tickets:
Be wary when purchasing screenshots of tickets on social media. These are often sold on multiple times and will not be accepted as a form of entry to the stadium.
Trust your instinct:
If something feels off or suspicious during the purchasing process, it's better to err on the side of caution. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Anyone who thinks they might have been a victim of an online ticketing scam or fraud should visit the Action Fraud website for more information.